From Gawkder with a great video made at the DNC!
As you may have heard last night, Osama bin Laden is dead, has perished from the earth, is at the bottom of the sea, and is not better off than he was four years ago. The Democrats are trying to pull a Bush on national security, inflating Obama’s reputation as a killing machine and portraying Mitt Romney as a bungling softie.
But we were kind of disappointed that Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement—the deployment of secret flying assassination platforms empowered to liquidate American citizens based on an unaccountable and highly classified selection process that is entirely internal to the White House—got short shrift this week. So we threw a softball at some DNC bigwigs, including Cory Booker and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, offering a giant opening to praise Obama’s stone-cold murdering power: Can Americans really trust Mitt Romney to decide which citizens get extrajudicially assassinated in drone strikes? Also isn’t Lanny Davis an asshole?
Watch the video of interviews at the DNC at Gawkder
“Leftist” : not always a dirty word…
The first leftist would not be popular in America today. That is true because the original leftists wanted to abolish government controls over industry, trade, and the professions. They wanted wages, prices, and profits to be determined by competition in a free market, and not by government decree. They were pledged to free their economy from government planning, and to remove the government-guaranteed special privileges of guilds, unions, and associations whose members were banded together to use the law to set the price of their labor or capital or product above what it would be in a free market.
The first leftists were a group of newly elected representatives to the National Constituent Assembly at the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. They were labeled “leftists” merely because they happened to sit on the left side in the French Assembly.
The legislators who sat on the right side were referred to as the party of the Right, or rightists. The rightists or “reactionaries” stood for a highly centralized national government, special laws and privileges for unions and various other groups and classes, government economic monopolies in various necessities of life, and a continuation of government controls over prices, production, and distribution.
By Paul Craig Roberts
Does anyone remember when National Public Radio was an independent voice?
During the 1980s NPR was continually on the case of the Reagan administration. NPR certainly had a Democratic slant, and a lot of its reporting about the Reagan administration was one-sided. Yet, NPR was an independent voice, and it sometimes got things correct.
In the 21st century that voice has disappeared, which was the intention of the George W. Bush regime. Bush put a Republican woman in charge who made it clear to NPR producers and show hosts that the federal part of their funding was at risk.
Money often over-rules principle, and when corporations added their really big money NPR collapsed. Today the local stations still pretend to be funded by listeners, but if you have noticed, as I have, there are now a large number of corporate advertisements, disguised in the traditional terms “with support from . . .” If you are not listening to classical music, you are listening to corporate advertisements.
By Dr. Gary North
I sent a stripped-down version of my movie review of 2016 to my Tea Party Economist list. I knew it would outrage some of them.
Why did I do it? To make sure D’Souza sees it. The list is large. Someone will send it to him. I want him to know that the Old Right isn’t buying his thesis that Obama’s agenda is somehow uniquely wrong because it is anti-colonialist. Obama is a defender of the American Empire as Bush was. His agenda is that of one of the factions of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is not in bed with the neocons, meaning big on Israel, but the dominant foreign policy objectives of the CFR were pro-oil and therefore pro-Arab long before 1948, let alone the late 1960s, when the neocons showed up.
On 20th October, the Traditional Britain Group – a traditional conservative organisation – in conjunction with The Quarterly Review – an historic Tory journal – will be hosting an all day conference in central London titled, ‘Another Country – is there a future for Tradition?’ More…
The American Conservative ran two pieces this week concerning the nature of the gang and its relationship to masculinity. The first, by William S. Lind, deals with the collapse of states in the Middle East after the so-called “Arab Spring” that enamored so many starry-eyed Americans. Here’s the money quote:
One of the characteristics shared by most disintegrating states is a vast surplus of young men who have no access to jobs, money, or women. Gangs are a magnet for them. We see this in American contexts as well: in public schools, in ethnic neighborhoods, and in our prisons, most of which are controlled not by wardens but by racially defined gangs.
Thomas DiLorenzo over at Lew Rockwell quotes Ron Paul’s campaign manager:
“Properly elected Ron Paul delegates were stripped from us. And when a motion was made to amend the Credential Committee’s report, it was ignored. Morton Blackwell, a longtime conservative activist and RNC Rules Committee expert, found himself indefinitely detained — along with the rest of the Virginia delegation.
It makes us wonder who paid the for-hire Soros outfit to attack Alex Jones.
A document the National Education Association filed with the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 indicates that the teachers union donated $100,000 to Media Matters For America nearly two years ago, describing it as a payment for “public relations costs.” In the months that followed, Media Matters’ online coverage of teachers unions increased, focusing largely on attacking the Fox News Channel and other media outlets it considers “conservative” in nature.
Kevin Carson has written an insightful piece on Obama’s new war on 3-D printers, and the threat they pose to a faux scarcity corporate economy. The attempt to stale creative destruction, one of the few useful forces within a capitalist economy, is not in the interest of the working class or new innovation: it is a recipe for stagnation. One should never forget who these Democrats serve: a slightly different managerial “elite” than the Republicans do, but still a managerial pseudo-elite nonetheless.
Has social psychology become a Tribal Moral Community since the 1960s? Are we a community that is bound together by liberal values and then blind to any ideas or findings that threaten our sacred values? I believe the answer is yes, and I’ll make 3 points to support that claim.
A transcribed speech by Jonathan Haidt
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The Agenda for the 2012 H. L. Mencken Club meeting, to be held November 9-11, has been finalized. The theme for this year’s conference is “Challenging the Historical Consensus”. This conference will deal with critical turning points in history. We shall be examining the received and politically predictable judgments about critical turning points in modern history and then offering alternative interpretations that one is not likely to encounter in conventional academic settings. As always, attendees are encouraged to question or challenge the speakers, and we expect the sessions and social discussions to be informative and lively.
Rape: more effective than Durex, apparently…
Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview postedSunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Christian Science Monitor
Fears of a coming economic collapse that could spark widespread violence, even civil war, fueled the continued explosive growth of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “patriot” groups in 2011.
That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups in the United States. The organization’s quarterly Intelligence Report, issued Thursday, found that the number of patriot groups grew from 824 to 1,274 between 2010 and 2011, up from 149 in 2008.
(Infowars) – We are free only to worship the state and be quiet debt slaves.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Thursday that shooting suspect Floyd Lee Corkins II was “given a license” to fire at an FRC security guard by organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
Immediately after, a SPLC spokesman called Perkins’ comment “outrageous.”
Here’s the complete statement from SPLC, which includes FRC on its “Hatewatch” list:
From the Miami New Times
The sight of the image of America’s first black president juxtaposed next to a Confederate flag may be jarring to some, but 16-year-old Lee County resident Ryan Turner, the founder of the grassroots “Rednecks for Obama” movement (or something), says the use of the images together is meant to show that the president has broad support.
Turner’s father died ten years ago from prostate cancer. The disease could have been easily treatable, but the elder Turner was without health insurance and passed away. Ryan Turner believes Obamacare would prevent such needless deaths in the future.
Turner started a “Rednecks for Obama” Facebook page and on the opening of the new Lee County Democrats headquarters he brought a flag which combined Shepard Fairey’s famous “Hope” poster with the Confederate flag.
“If somebody is offended by it, I can understand it because they’re only seeing one half of the flag,” Ryan’s uncle Tony Turner told NBC2.
“We’re rednecks, but we’re not racists,” added Ryan, who sees the flag as a symbol of heritage, not hate.Indeed, leaders of the local Democratic party asked Ryan to take the flag down, but the county’s local NAACP chapter didn’t seem to mind.”Not if the intention is positive,” James Muwakkil, president of Lee County’s NAACP, told the station. “For us to be here in the Deep South, and to see whites embracing an African-American man — we love it.”
The Obama campaign refused to comment on the mixture of the images, but does say it welcomes the self-proclaimed rednecks support.
If all these idiot groups would focus on the real enemy, they might actually achieve something.
The National Front protest against a new Mosque in St. Mark’s Road.
Published on Monday 13 August 2012 11:55
NATIONAL Front protesters and anti facist groups had to be kept apart by police at the site of a proposed new mosque in Sunderland.
The NF demonstration against the building of the mosque in St Mark’s Road has led to heightened tensions in the area.
Police separated the two groups on either side of the street as concerned residents looked on.
Despite the tensions, police today said they were able to peacefully disperse the protesters shortly after 1pm on Saturday.
Officers were stationed outside the Chester Road mosque for the remainder of the weekendand in the city centre where the NF demo carried on.
Local NF activists were joined by others from across the country as they argued that the mosque posed a threat to the community and the safety of local children.
Simon Biggs, the group’s North East regional organiser, said: “It’s a mosque and it’s alien to this country. They’re still going ahead with it despite 1,400 people complaining about it.
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Joshua Holland, Alternet
This article originally appeared on AlterNet
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that cultural friction between the North and South persists to this day. After all, we fought an incredibly brutal, ugly Civil War. The battlelines that were drawn then continued to divide us through the Reconstruction period and well into the middle of the 20th century, as federal troops were once again deployed to enforce the civil rights acts.
According to Chuck Thompson, a veteran travel writer who toured the American South, a degree of mutual enmity between Northerners and Southerners continues to be a source of cultural tension and political gridlock. We remain divided even as we have grown to become the world’s superpower. In his new book, Better Off Without ‘Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession, Thompson argues that it may be time for a divorce – to shake hands and go our separate ways.
Thompson appeared on last week’s AlterNet Radio Hour to discuss his book. A lightly edited transcript of our discussion is below (you can listen to the whole show here).
By Paul Craig Roberts
The bumper sticker on the beat-up pickup truck read: “Friends don’t let friends vote Democrat.”
The driver was obviously not affluent. Yet, despite all the news about mega-trillion dollar bankster bailouts, mega-million dollar bonuses for financial crooks, and unimaginable compensation packages for corporate CEOs who have moved middle class jobs out of America, something made the down-and-out pickup truck driver associate with the political party of the super-rich.
As I wondered at this strange alliance of the dirt poor with the mega-rich, I remembered that in 2004 Thomas Frank wondered about how the Republicans had managed to convince the poor to vote against their best interests. Frank’s answer, or part of his answer, is that the Republicans use “social issues,” such as gay marriage and Janet Jackson’s exposed nipple to work up indignation over the threat to moral values posed by liberal Democrats.
The working poor have been convinced by Republican propaganda that voting Democrat means giving the working poor’s tax dollars to the non-working poor, to providing medical care and schooling for illegal aliens, and being soft on terrorism.
It was never an antiwar movement. It was an anti-Republican movement.
By Andrew Sobeiro
With the national debt rising, military and entitlement spending skyrocketing, and the state expanding left and right, libertarianism is becoming increasingly popular.
People realize that the state must be scaled back. This is evident in the tea party and in Occupy Wall Street. While neither movement is libertarian, both borrow heavily from libertarian principles.
Unfortunate-ly, this libertarian renaissance may be just as fleeting as the liberal-progressive resurgence of a few years ago. The majority of the public seems not to take libertarianism seriously. By broadening our mindset, we libertarians can appeal to a broader section of the public without compromising our principles.
For one thing, libertarians should embrace environmentalism.